Coach Jack Del Rio said that there is a "good chance" that Nelson (knee) won't play in Saturday's preseason affair with Tennessee, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN reports.
Nelson has missed the entire Raiders' offseason program nursing his knee and hasn't practiced at all this week. The road to recovery has been a bumpy one for Oakland's starting free safety, but his absence could be more of a result of the Raiders' wanting to see him at full strength before he suits up again. Veteran safety Nate Allen is expected to see an increased amount of reps while Nelson remains sidelined.
The Oakland Raiders and Reggie Nelson agreed to a two-year contract Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
One of the top free agents remaining on the market, Nelson conveniently fills a need in the Raiders' secondary at free safety, which has been his domain throughout nine campaigns with the Jaguars and Bengals. Overall, he's picked off 30 passes, forced eight fumbles, recovered five fumbles, and recorded 6.5 sacks in 138 career games. Of those 30 interceptions, he notched a career-high eight last season, which is a telling sign for his IDP viability as a 32-year-old defensive back.
Nelson started every game for the Bengals over the past two seasons, registering 77 tackles and a league-best eight interceptions just last year. Although he's slated to turn 33 years old during the first month of the upcoming campaign, his skill and experience would further bolster an Oakland secondary that already added cornerback Sean Smith this offseason.
The Cincinnati Bengals secondary lost both of their coaches, Vance Joseph and Mark Carrier, to other organizations, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Reggie Nelson , who left the Bengals' playoff loss to the Steelers with an ankle injury, thrived in 2015 under the two coaches, racking up eight interceptions and 77 tackles.
Nelson is the backbone of a staunch secondary, but the free safety won't log another snap in this game. Joined on the sideline by Dre Kirkpatrick (quad), who is questionable to return, Nelson has yielded his spot in the lineup to Shawn Williams.
|1||9/11/16||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|3||9/25/16||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|4||10/2/16||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|7||10/23/16||@ JAC||1:00 pm|
|8||10/30/16||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|14||12/8/16||@ KC||8:25 pm|
|15||12/18/16||@ SD||4:25 pm|
|17||1/1/17||@ DEN||4:25 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
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